How Marvel’s Iron Man VR Nails Flying

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Again in March, we introduced Marvel’s Iron Man VR completely for PlayStation VR. It was enjoyable (and cathartic!) to lastly speak in regards to the recreation as we all know how particular and essential of a recreation that is for PlayStation, VR fanatics, and, in fact, followers of Marvel.

In celebration of San Diego Con Comedian, we joined the Marvel Video games panel to speak extra in regards to the recreation, the Impulse Armor designed by legendary Marvel artist Adi Granov, and the way Camouflaj tackled one of many best improvement challenges it’s ever confronted: nailing flying in VR.

Through the preliminary ideation course of, the crew at Camouflaj knew we needed to execute on plenty of important elements to deliver the Iron Man fantasy to life in VR. Feeling such as you’re sporting the swimsuit, blasting your Repulsors, viewing the world by way of a full three-dimensional HUD, and being the complicated (and creative) Tony Stark character had been all key, however none extra essential than nailing the feeling that you simply’re flying round as Iron Man in VR.

With the intention to persuade the crew at Marvel Video games that Camouflaj was the perfect developer to deliver Iron Man to VR, we knew we needed to display that flying as Iron Man in digital actuality shouldn’t be solely comfy, however wildly enjoyable and liberating. To compound the problem, we had only some valuable weeks to signal our subsequent undertaking, so, like Tony Stark within the cave along with his again in opposition to the wall, we brushed apart all mortal issues and confronted the problem head-on.

Throughout these first few days of preparation, I hosted conferences with our crew to find out what needs to be included within the final Marvel’s Iron Man VR pitch. At some point later, Troy Johnsen, an engineer on the crew, got here again with what felt like the right prototype. As a lot of you most likely know, a lot of recreation improvement — as with Iron Man himself — is about experimenting and never giving up, even within the face of seemingly unimaginable challenges.

With 48 hours left till the pitch, we packed our gear right into a rental automobile and drove from Seattle to Los Angeles. Our lead author Brendan Murphy drove many of the method whereas Troy, Brendan’s canine Remy, and I continued to noodle on the pitch on my laptop computer. Through the lengthy highway journey, each time we expressed issues about Marvel signing the sport, we reminded one another of what was within the trunk of the automobile: a magic prototype that convinces nearly anybody who performs it that, not solely is Iron Man good for VR, however that Camouflaj was the crew to appreciate the dream.

Evidently, the crew at Marvel Video games beloved the pitch — particularly the prototype — and we started the lengthy drive again house to Seattle beaming with vitality. What then transpired was years of exhausting work constructing the story, options, and know-how whereas Troy continued to experiment, tweak, and polish in service of delivering true Tremendous Hero aerial freedom. With out getting an excessive amount of into the weeds, listed here are some elements within the secret sauce:

Physics-based Flight

The important thing motive it feels so good and pure to fly as Iron Man in our recreation is as a result of we obey Newton’s legal guidelines of movement. We doubled down on how it could work in actual life, which, it seems, your mind actually appreciates. Each body we course of contains calculations of as much as a dozen forces, resembling thrust, drag, and gravity — in addition to our help techniques — that output Iron Man’s correct and plausible trajectory by way of the sky.

Momentum Conservation

Every time attainable, we protect the participant’s ahead momentum. These techniques permit the participant to carve turns at excessive velocity and allow our dogfight mechanics.


Impressed by these balloon-like “bumpers” at bowling alleys, we constructed an invisible system that cushions and guides the participant round exhausting edges of buildings and different geometry. The bumpers additionally soften the blow when the participant rams into one thing at excessive speeds. Beneath the hood, we account for potential upcoming collisions and gently apply collision-avoidance forces.

Contextual Swimsuit Settings

It seems, the participant doesn’t need to speed up from zero to 300 kilometers per hour when they’re attempting to delicately fly round extra confined areas. Wherever extra exact flight velocity is required, we apply totally different swimsuit settings based mostly on context. This enables the participant to make the most of their thrusters for each small-scale maneuvers in addition to unlocking full-blown, face-melting thrust once they want it.

Creating Marvel’s Iron Man VR is as extremely difficult as it’s enjoyable. The world of Iron Man and Tony Stark is such a fertile world to be inventive in, however it calls for that we execute on plenty of key options, none extra essential than free-roaming flight as Iron Man.

Over the approaching months we’ll be capable of share much more about Marvel’s Iron Man VR — and belief me — there’s nonetheless far more to share. As followers of Iron Man and PlayStation VR, we imagine we’ve got a transparent concept of what you all need out of Marvel’s Iron Man VR, and we’re working exhausting daily to ship on that.

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